Cortez Masto introduces amendment to keep Medicaid expansion in GOP health care bill

While at an event at UMC, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says the GOP health care plan would put the most vulnerable at risk. 7/7/17 (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, has introduced an amendment to the Republican health care bill to keep expanded Medicaid.

Cortez Masto said in a statement Thursday that her amendment would remove language from the American Health Care Act that proposes cuts to Medicaid. It's her first official floor amendment since becoming a U.S. Senator, according to her statement.

The amendment comes one day after Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, introduced a floor amendment to state the Senate's support for Medicaid expansion. That amendment was defeated in a 90-10 vote on Wednesday.

"Hundreds of thousands of low-income Nevada families, women, seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities benefit from the life-saving services that Medicaid provides," Cortez Masto said in a statement. "This amendment will protect our most vulnerable from callous attempts to take away their health care."

It's unclear when the amendment would receive a vote from the Senate.

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